Our Trustees

The Alzheimer's Society Board of Trustees are the most senior governance group in the organisation, with overall accountability for the Society's strategic direction, the stewardship of our resources and the activities we undertake in the pursuit of our charitable objectives. They are all volunteers, who contribute a huge amount of time and wide-ranging expertise to the Society.

Trustees serve for a term of three years, and can serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. Full information about the role and responsibilities of our Board of Trustees is available in the Articles of Association.

Honorary Officers

Stephen Hill (Chair)
Stephen Hill

Appointed to the Board: September 2016

Stephen has previously chaired Action for Hearing Loss where he worked to improve media accessibility for those with hearing disability and successfully stimulated investment in biomedical research. 

Full biography to follow

David Kelham (Honorary Treasurer) 

Appointed to the Board: October 2015

David is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has held CFO / FD roles in major UK based international companies for over 20 years within his 33 year career to date. In 2010 he was nominated in a Survey by one of the leading accounting firms as 'an outstanding international CFO'.

After qualifying he started with 3 years with Royal Dutch Shell before moving onto P&O where he spent 11 years becoming CFO of P&O Ferries in Dover in the early nineties. He then entered telecommunications in 1997 joining NTL (now Virgin Media) where in 5 years he completed 19 acquisitions and integrations as the UK Cable Industry grew and consolidated and laid the foundations for what is Virgin Media today.

After 2 years in a start- up funded jointly by a large American Telco and a VC investor he joined Courts International in 2004 and focused on the turnaround and sale of the Caribbean and other overseas businesses of the Courts group. Between 2006 and 2010 he was CFO for what is now Regenersis Plc, seeing it from its original CRC Group Plc days, its merger with Foneback Plc and its growth across Europe.

In 2010 he joined Cable and Wireless Communications Plc (CWC) to complete their acquisition of Bahamas Telecommunications Ltd. After 5 years in the Caribbean, David was getting homesick for the UK and returned in September. He will now be focusing mentoring, short term consultancy and NED roles.

David was a member of the Scout Association for forty years. His mother lived with Alzheimer's for nearly 10 years before her death in 2011.

David is Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and the Investment Committee, and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Pippa Gough (Vice Chair)

Re-elected to the Board: October 2013""

Dementia has touched Pippa's life both personally and professionally. Her father lives with vascular dementia and she has a long career in clinical nursing, midwifery, health visiting, national nursing policy and campaigning for quality patient care. This experience has provided her with significant exposure to the devastating ravages this condition can have on individuals, family, community and wider society.

As Director of Policy at the Royal College of Nursing, Pippa spearheaded a political lobby for effective resourcing to provide humane, person-centred, timely and effective nursing care for people in residential and nursing homes - including those with dementia.

Later, as Senior Fellow at the Kings Fund, she led programmes of leadership development for clinicians and managers where the challenges of getting the state, the professions, and the public to recognise the way people with dementia can find themselves marginalised from appropriate care was often central to discussion.

She went on to work with the Health Foundation, where she commissioned programmes of leadership for quality improvement in health care and led the project on Board development for safety and quality with a number of NHS trusts.

Pippa now acts as a consultant in organisational, team and personal development within the field of health and health care services.

Pippa is a member of the Remuneration Committee.


Joy Allen CDir

Joy Allen CDir

Appointed to the Board: October 2014

Joy is a Chartered Director and Managing Director of Leading Governance Ltd. She has been a specialist in governance training and board development since 2000, following 12 years as a charity CEO, and she is currently course leader for 'Role of the Director & the Board' for the Institute of Directors in London.

Joy is a Business Studies graduate with Masters level qualifications in both leadership and coaching. Joy has been chair of the board of Simon Community NI, a charity addressing homelessness, and of VOYPIC (Voice of Young People in Care). She was a Non-Executive Director of the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, one of the largest Trusts in the UK, and has also been a board member of the former Ulster Community & Hospitals Trust and the Fostering Network (UK) Ltd.

As a former carer for her late parents, both of whom had dementia, Joy has experienced the effects of dementia first hand. She ran a series of creative healing weekends for former carers of people with dementia (with funding from After Dementia Millennium Awards).

Hazel Blears""

Elected to the Board: October 2015

Hazel Blears was Salford's MP from 1997 - 2015 and was a senior local authority solicitor and a local councillor for Eccles before becoming an MP. She held a number of senior positions during Labour's time in Government including Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health, with responsibility for Public Health, and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

She cares passionately about helping people to live well with dementia - she was Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia and an Alzheimer's Society ambassador. She is Chair of Salford University's Institute for Dementia and is supporting the dementia programme for Greater Manchester Devolution. Hazel has campaigned for a big push to improve diagnosis rates and to improve community support for those who live with the condition. She is hugely proud of Salford's Poppy Day Centre and wants the area to lead the way in providing the very best support for people with dementia.

Dr Richard Ford

Re-elected to the Board: October 2014

Richard has a passion for helping people with mental health problems improve their lives, and believes that excellent care has to be made the norm for those living with dementia.

For over 30 years Richard has worked in senior clinical, research and leadership roles towards this end.

A qualified mental health nurse, Richard has now served for over six years as an executive on the board of the Sussex Partnership NHS Trust. In this role he is one of the leaders ensuring Sussex provides excellent services for people affected by dementia. His previous career experience includes board level positions at the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health and the National Institute for Mental Health in England. He has also worked as Senior Policy Adviser at the Department of Health.

Richard is a member of the Investment Committee.  

Ali Harrison

Ali Harrison

Elected to the Board: September 2016

Full biography to follow

Bernard Herdan

Bernard Herdan CB

Appointed to the Board: October 2013

Bernard started his career as an engineer in the aerospace sector.  He worked initially for British Aerospace and then for 12 years at the European Space Agency in the Netherlands where he rose to become Programme Manager for Broadcast Satellites. Back in the UK he spent six years in the private sector working as a consultant and then Managing Director of a technology licensing firm before being appointed Commercial Director at the Met Office, the start of a 21 year career in the public sector.

Bernard was subsequently appointed Chief Executive at the Driving Standards Agency, UK Passport Service, Criminal Records Bureau, Security Industry Authority and finally National Fraud Authority.

Since 2011 he has pursued a portfolio career with a range of positions including Non-Executive Director at the Ministry of Defence and the Disclosure and Barring Service, Member (and now Chair) of disciplinary tribunal panels at the General Medical Council and Bar Council, Advisor to City of London Police on fraud strategy and Trustee of several charities including Victim Support and the Fostering Network. Bernard is also Chairman of SEDCU, a charity he has founded with his wife to support the education of disadvantaged children in Uganda.

Bernard has a close relative who is living with dementia, and this first-hand insight into the reality of the impact of dementia and how this can be mitigated to an extent by appropriate care, has inspired him to get involved with the work of Alzheimer's Society.

Bernard was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 2007 New Years Honours and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bedfordshire in 2009.

Bernard is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee

Jenny Owen CBE

Jenny Owen CBE

Appointed to the Board: October 2014

Jenny brings 36 years' experience of social care in local authorities, central government and regulation. This includes eight years as Director of Adult Social Care and Deputy Chief Executive of Essex County Council and 12 years as a senior civil servant at the Department of Health. She brings extensive experience of commissioning and providing adult social care and working in partnership with health and voluntary sector organisations both nationally and locally.

Jenny is personally and professionally committed to working with people with dementia and campaigning for improved services. She worked closely with Alzheimer's Society during the development of the Government's Dementia Strategy, co-chairing the National Dementia Strategy in 2009.

An experienced Non-Executive Director, Jenny is also on the Board of Housing and Care 21 Housing Association and Vice-Chair of the Royal Free London FT Hospital. She is a member of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), having been president in 2010.

Sir Chris Powell

Appointed to the Board: August 2012

Sir Chris Powell has had a long and distinguished career in the advertising world and is known for many of the UK's most distinctive advertising campaigns. Chris has also had a number of non-executive positions including as Chair of NESTA (The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) and Chair of IPPR (The Institute of Public Policy Research); the British Council's Creative Industries Advisory Panel; the Ealing Hammersmith and Hounslow Health Authority; and Vice Chair of the Public Diplomacy Board. 

Chris is currently Chair of Riverside Studios arts and media centre and Dr Foster, the healthcare public information provider. He is a member of the Advisory Board at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has a number of Non-Executive Director roles including at Renew and

Sue Redmond

Sue Redmond

Elected to the Board: October 2014

Caring for someone with dementia has changed everything for Sue's family and, having received real support from Alzheimer's Society in Liverpool, she hopes to be able to influence the care and support people can get in the future.

Sue has worked in health and social care for nearly 40 years, the last eight as Director of Adult Services in various local authorities and her passion is to work with people who need and want support. She believes that we have a long way to go, but there are amazing people living with dementia and amazing people offering support - Sue hopes that as a trustee she can add her expertise and experience to make a difference.

During her time as Corporate Director at Wiltshire Council, Sue developed and led on an innovative approach to delivering outcome-based homecare. She is an experienced and qualified social worker and commissioner, having spent some time in planning and development for a number of authorities.

Dr Emyr Roberts

Dr Emyr Roberts

Appointed to the Board: October 2014

Emyr is Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales, the largest Sponsored Body in Wales, and is responsible for integrating and developing a wide range of services and policies to improve environmental outcomes.

He began his career at the National Farmers' Union and then spent 21 years fulfilling a variety of roles in the Welsh Government, including health, economic development, social justice, public service delivery and education. Having also been Head of Finance and Compliance at the Welsh Government, Emyr has an excellent understanding of governance and how it can be used to improve the performance of an organisation.

Emyr is a Welsh-speaker and has a broad knowledge of public services in Wales, including the role of local authorities and the NHS. He is a fellow of Aberystwyth University and was previously a member of Cardiff Community Housing Association, Newport Regeneration Company and Merthyr Tydfil Youth Offending Panel.

Manish Shah

Manish Shah

Appointed to the Board: October 2014

Manish is a senior managing director in corporate finance at FTI Consulting LLP in London. Previously, he was a senior corporate finance partner at Deloitte LLP based in London. He has over 25 years of experience in corporate and private equity transactions across a range of sectors including financial services, healthcare, leisure, and business services.

He led the Society's charity partnership with Deloitte and has been working closely with the Society since 2012, providing pro bono services and offering key strategic input and assistance.  Manish is also a Trustee on the board of Alzheimer's Brain Bank UK.

Manish is an FCA (Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) and holds an MBA (Master of Business Administration) with Distinction from Manchester Business School.

Sarah Weir OBE

Sarah Weir

Appointed to the Board: September 2013

Sarah Weir is Chief Executive of Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. Built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild as a private home and showcase for his extraordinary collection of decorative arts, the Manor was gifted in 1957 to the National Trust but remains under the stewardship of Lord Rothschild and his family.

Previously Sarah was Chief Executive of The Legacy List, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park charity (set up to encourage creative connections between people and the park, with a focus on arts and culture, education and skills); Head of Arts and Cultural Strategy for Olympic Delivery Authority; Executive Director, Arts Council England; London and Executive Director of the Almeida Theatre.

Sarah started her career in the Lloyd's insurance market. She worked for Aldgate Group Brokers, where she rose from office junior to non-marine managing director during a 15 year career and was the first female Managing Director in Lloyd's. Following a move from business into the arts she then worked at Purdy Hicks Gallery, Arts & Business and the Royal Academy of Arts.

Sarah is a Fellow of Birkbeck College and has an OBE for services to the arts, and is a Trustee of Bristol Old Vic Theatre. 

Professor Gordon Wilcock""

Appointed to the Board: October 2015

Gordon qualified in medicine from the University of Oxford in 1970. Following an NHS consultant post jointly in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine in Oxford, where he developed an Alzheimer's disease research programme, he moved to the University of Bristol as Foundation Professor in Care of the Elderly in 1984 and returned to Oxford in 2006.

In 1978 he established what was probably the first multidisciplinary memory disorders clinic in the UK and, whilst in Bristol, he established a Dementia Research Centre, covering the spectrum from basic laboratory science to clinical research. His main role in Oxford was as Director of OPTIMA (Oxford Project to Investigate Memory and Ageing). He is still involved in clinical research and service provision, and is currently working with the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust in Gloucestershire to establish a dementia and Alzheimer's disease clinical research centre.

He was Founder Chairman of Alzheimer's Society, then known as the Alzheimer's Disease Society, from 1979 to 1986, and was a Vice-President until his appointment as Trustee in 2015.

He has played a significant role in the development of services for people with dementia in the UK, including chairing one of the Working Groups for the National Dementia Strategy for England, and subsequently co-chaired, with a person with dementia, the Strategy's Implementation Reference Group reviewing progress of the strategy.

Gordon received two prestigious awards in 2015:

  • Silver Medal by the European Region of the International Association for Gerontology and Geriatrics 'For excellence and achievements in the Science of Ageing and in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the development of Gerontology in Europe'.
  • 'CTAD (Clinical Trials in Alzheimer's Disease) Lifetime Achievement Award in Alzheimer's Disease.
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